The Frightening Truth About Bath Bombs And Their Ingredients

The Frightening Truth About Bath Bombs And Their Ingredients

Bath bombs have been the darling of social media for a long, long time now. These lusciously colored globes peer out at you from pictures and beg you to drop them into your bathtub, promising you to turn your bath time into a psychedelic scent festival.

But what may seem like a fairy queen’s dream of bathing in melting rainbows and glitter, can actually turn out to be something quite dangerous. Why? Because they could be full of toxic chemicals and dyes that could trigger hormone-disruption and diseases.

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Here’s a list of all the dangerous ingredients you need to know about if you’re considering adding bath bombs to your shower routine.

1. Fragrance

Benzene derivatives are not only carcinogenic, but can also cause reproductive malformation and hormone disruption.

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When you see ingredients like ‘fragrance oils’ or ‘fragrance oil blends’ or ‘fragrance’, you may think it’s perfectly harmless. But take a look at the chemical composition of these and you’ll probably be afraid to ever go near a bath bomb again.

Phthalates: Can bring down your hormone levels and lower sperm quality. These chemicals can also cause ovarian aging, obesity, and can even lead to cancer.

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Benzene derivatives: Are not only carcinogenic, but can also cause reproductive malformation, hormone disruption, and weaken your immune response.

Aldehydes: Can cause liver diseases, respiratory allergies, embryo toxicity, sclerosing peritonitis, diabetes/hypertension, cerebral ischemia/neurodegenerative diseases, and multiple aging-associated diseases.

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2. Artificial Dyes

Artificial dyes can cause allergic reactions, ADHD in children, and may even be linked to brain cancer and neuron damage.

Artificial and synthetic dyes are added to bath bombs to make them dissolve into magical swirls of color. D&C Red 33 in particular, is a dye that’s commonly used in bath bombs and is actually derived from coal tar or petroleum, a well known human carcinogen.

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These dyes can cause allergic reactions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, and may even be linked to brain cancer and neuron damage.

3. Talc

Talc, though not commonly used in bath bombs, can expose you to an elevated risk of ovarian cancer.

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While talc is not commonly used in bath bombs in general, it was recently used as an ingredient by a well-known brand. You do not want to marinate your bodies in this chemical for it can expose you to an elevated risk of ovarian cancer.

4. Parabens

Parabens can act as dangerous endocrine disruptors and can cause you to enter into puberty before your body is even ready.

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These are preservative ingredients that are added to extend the shelf life of bath bombs. However, these can act as dangerous endocrine disruptors and can cause you to enter into puberty before your body is even ready.

Parabens can also trigger skin allergies, especially if you soak yourself in a tub of melting bath bombs for long hours and some of them have even been linked to breast cancer.

5. Glitter

Glitter and lusters can disrupt the pH balance in your vagina and can also trigger inflammation, yeast and urinary tract infections.

Glitter or vegetable oil luster is usually added to bath bombs to make them look pretty. However, you should know that glitter is made of tiny plastic particles and ranks quite high on the list of dangerous sources of plastic pollution in oceans. All that glitter that runs through the drains pollutes our water bodies and eventually ends up in our food supply, contaminating what we put into our systems.

It is also important to remember that glitter and lusters are not good for your vagina that is extremely pH sensitive. Not only can these disrupt the pH balance in your vagina, but can also trigger inflammation and scary infections like yeast and urinary tract infections.

How To Still Have A Relaxing Bath Without Bath Bombs

You can still have a relaxing bath without bath bombs by making use of all natural ingredients like Epsom salts and rose petals.

Luxurious baths are always allowed from time to time, and if you’re a bath fanatic who needs more than hot water to relax, there are always other options. Add Epsom salts to your tub; these contain magnesium that are good for bringing down stress levels and can also make your muscles feel a lot better. Scented candles will satisfy your fragrance fix. Plus, you can always add some rose petals, or lemon juice to your water – these are not only all-natural, but will also nourish your body while being a treat to your olfactory senses!